I would like to backup using time machine WITHOUT reformatting external drive...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by angelpeach838, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. angelpeach838 macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2008
    I have a MacBook that I'm trying to backup because my husband wants to sell my computer and buy an iPad :rolleyes: I have a WD external hard drive with an iPhoto library currently on it, chronicling the first 28 months of my first child's life; needless to say it's important!

    The problem is that Time Machine won't back up to the external drive without erasing everything on it! :( Is there any way around this?

    I will probably also need tips on how to put the iPhoto library (28 months to present time, about 2,200 pictures!) on my MacBook onto the hard drive (does that automatically happen upon backup?). Obviously I've done it once, because there is a library currently on the hard drive, but I can't remember how I did it.

    Alright, hit me with some ideas! Thanks!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Partition the drive using Disk Utility and use TM on the new partition.

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